McConnellsburg Man Fatally Shoots Ex, Then Himself
A McConnellsburg area man was jailed this weekend for holding his ex-girlfriend against her will and in the hours immediately following his release, returned to her Ayr Township home and allegedly killed her before turning the shotgun on himself.
The tragic story surrounding the kidnapping and subsequent homicide of 39- year- old Tina Marie (Sipes) Souders of 5895 Cito Road, McConnellsburg, began mid- morning Friday, Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. William Baker and Trooper David McGarvey reported.
According to Baker of the McConnellsburg barracks, murder suspect Ricky L. Hann of McConnellsburg unlocked the door to Souders’ trailer by using a key he had obtained when he and Souders had dated. Souders was apparently sleeping when Hann entered her mobile home at around 9:30 a.m. on February 18, said Trooper Mc- Garvey, a publ i c information officer out of the Hollidaysburg substation.
McGarvey went on to tell the “News” that Hann informed Souders they were going for a ride, but she refused. Hann then proceeded to assemble a shotgun he had been carrying inside of a bag and kept his ex-girlfriend at her home until the following morning, police stated.
In a press release, state police said Souders was able to convince Hann to let her go. Mc- Garvey further said that Hann, 51, reportedly left the trailer when he had to retrieve some paperwork or do something work-related.
Souders went to the Mc- Connellsburg barracks at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and reported the incident to investigating officer Trooper Garry Ford Jr. As a result of a tip regarding Hann’s vehicle being observed in the area, troopers were able to take Hann into custody without further incident at around 2 p.m. Saturday in McConnellsburg.
He was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Carol Jean Johnson on charges of kidnapping (a felony one), burglary, terroristic threats, unlawful restraint, recklessly endangering another person and simple assault. Unable to post $100,000 straight bail, Hann was remanded to the Franklin County Prison.
Updated reports shared with the News by state police indicate that a friend of Hann’s was able to post bail by approximately 11 p.m. Saturday. Neither the McConnellsburg barracks or Trooper Ford received notification from the jail of Hann’s release, said Cpl. Baker. A check of cellphone records shows that Souders also did not receive notice regarding Hann making bail late Saturday night.
Operating his sister’s truck and wearing a camouflage jacket and baseball cap, Hann returned to Souders’ trailer Sunday at noon. In front of her two teenage sons, mother and several other people, Hann dragged his exgirlfriend into the woods behind her home but not before firing shots over the onlookers’ heads.
Troopers Ford, Gary Hibner and Travis Garner arrived within minutes of receiving a dispatch for another kidnapping and heard several shots ring out. Originally intending to activate the state police Special Emergency Response Team (SERT), the squad was never deployed to the scene. A helicopter, Baker reported, flew over the wooded area and the bodies of Souders and Hann were observed on the ground.
Fulton County Coroner Berley Souders and deputy coroners Darrin Smith, Jason Buterbaugh and Denny Buterbaugh also aided during the course of the suspected homicide suicide investigation. Time of death is recorded as 2:15 p.m. February 20.
According to Souders, autopsies and toxicology testing were scheduled to be completed at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown Tuesday morning. Cause and manner of death will be revealed at that time.
Having impounded Hann’s truck and taken items, such as a cellphone, into their possession, state police officials are continuing to investigate the incident. Among the questions yet to be answered are where and how Hann obtained the older model shotgun used in the shooting. Following Hann’s initial arrest on Saturday, state police obtained a search warrant and scoured Hann’s home, outbuildings and vehicles for the shotgun. It was never located, said Baker.
Court documents show in September 2010 Hann was charged by Trooper Eric Bartlett of the McConnellsburg barracks with simple assault, terroristic threats and harassment. He waived mandatory arraignment in the case and was awaiting a pretrial conference.
Souders had previously requested and been granted a protection-from-abuse order against Hann. That order was reportedly violated in early November 2010.
A native of the Hustontown area, Souders was a 1989 graduate of Forbes Road Junior/Senior High School. She was most recently employed at Fulton County Medical Center, and it was her career dream to become an LPN.
In addition to spending time with her sons, Stanton and Spencer, her interests revolved around outdoor activities such as fishing, camping and riding four-wheelers.